Public Health officials in Pinal and Maricopa Counties today said the Arizona Department of Health Services State Public Health Laboratory has confirmed at least two cases of rabies from animals near the Superstition Mountains.
In the past two months, three animals have tested positive for rabies virus in eastern Pinal County.
In cooperation with Santa Cruz County and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Pinal County Officials have issued a warning to those individuals living near the Santa Cruz River to beware of E. coli bacteria that could be in the water. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality have found that samples taken near the partial breach of an untreated sewage line in Nogales, Arizona, contain levels of E. coli bacteria that exceed recommended levels. The partial breach was detected on July 25, 2017 and the flow runs into the Santa Cruz River.
This week, during routine mosquito surveillance, the Pinal County Public Health Services District (PCPHSD) detected the first West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes in the county this season, more specifically in the San Tan Valley area. Mosquito surveillance data is used to help determine the risk of mosquito borne disease to Pinal County residents and visitors and it guides PCPHSD's disease prevention efforts.
Roach Fire Incident Commander Darrell Miller announced that Dudleyville evacuees are able to return to their homes beginning at 6:30 PM tonight.
The Roach Fire, burning five miles south of the Town of Winkleman, has destroyed approximately 10 structures in the Town of Dudleyville. Three of the structures were homes that were evacuated at the time of the fire.
There will be a community meeting on Sunday, July 9, to inform Dudleyville and Winkleman residents the status of the Roach Fire.